Foundation coach Elias Cepeda’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA coaching involves in-depth study of effective principles, techniques, and sequences. Elias emphasizes conditioning, positional awareness, and the connection of different styles into an integrated approach to self-defense and competitive fighting.
Elias began his training in 1999 and his grappling and MMA competition experience since that time has taught him that it is the basics, executed well, that work and allow us to survive in tough spots. Elias served as an assistant coach at TDC MMA, helping teammates win local grappling and MMA championships for four years before co-founding Foundation in 2017.
Elias holds a brown belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu rank from Ramiro Mota, is a two-time United Combat League MMA winner (both wins by TKO/KO), a Wanderlust Grappling 2 winner and a Fight to Win Pro 33 winner, as well as an Advanced No-Gi Division tournament silver medalist at Newbreed Ultimate Challenge and an Advanced No-Gi Division tournament gold medalist and Black Belt Open Weight Gi tournament silver medalist at Grappling Industries.